Somewhere near Lapierre’s Dijon headquarters at a press camp, we came across New Zealand’s Rae Morrison and her Lapierre Spicy race bike. Rae was leading a group of journalists around on some new product, but had time to give us a look around her recently arrived 2017 Spicy carbon race frame. She has only had the frame for a week; Nico Vouilloz has the same frame but in a different colour. Take a look close up below.
Rae Morrison in action. Photo: Jeremie Reuiller.
Rae Morrison generally places around the top six female riders on the EWS circuit and she frequently trains with Nico Vouilloz at her home base in Nice, France. She spends her summers in New Zealand riding. Her carbon Spicy frame is set to her preferences and fully stocked with SRAM componentsand RockShox suspension.
Up close the frame is currently fitted without the E:I shock, Rae used it in New Zealand but is currently riding the new RockShox Super Deluxe Metric shock without electronic control. Routing is all internal.
Better than a sticker, your own personalized grips.
Rae keeps things simple with a no fuss 1 X approach, on her 750 mm wide Black Box carbon bars mated to a 50mm Truativ stem.
SRAM Guide Ultimate and XX1 shifting with Lizard skin grips.
Rae says this protector does actually work when she once clipped a rock it didn’t snap her rear mech.
A 32T direct mount ring with MRP chain guide is how she keeps the wheels turning on the climbs.
Michelin Wild Gripper out back and a Prototype cut mud tyre up front. She likes beefy tyres that inspire confidence.
SRAM Rail wheels, although Rae prefers carbon for everyday riding she uses alloy wheels for racing so that if she hits a rock it’s possible to bend back and keep going.
Rae uses 180mm discs on the front and drops in two tokens to her standard Lyrik 170mm fork setup.
Guide ultimate calipers on 180mm disc on the back.
Rae runs two bands in her metric shock and likes the fact she can carry a bottle due to the Spicy’s link design so she can go without a pack at the races.
Keeping things comfortable with a Fabric saddle and Reverb seat post.